Frank Berry Fielding

Memories of a kind-hearted draughtsman

Caroline Meek remembers being given Frank Fielding's wooden T-square when he retired from The Drawing Office in the Autumn of 1951
Caroline Meek remembers being given Frank Fielding's wooden T-square when he retired from The Drawing Office in the Autumn of 1951
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Frank Fielding | Courtesy of Druscilla Bruton
Frank Fielding
Courtesy of Druscilla Bruton

Born in 1872, Frank was the grandson of Fielding and Platt’s founder, Samuel Fielding. Like Arthur Fielding, he followed his grandfather into the company and became a mechanical engineer. Frank went on to work in The Drawing Office.

Frank was a left-handed which meant that he needed equipment different from the usual equipment that was made for right-handed draughtsmen. In particular, he had a left-handed T-Square (used for drawing straight horizontal lines on the drawing board).

Frank retired from the company in 1951 and, in this audio clip, Caroline Meek recalls being given his wooden T-Square. When Frank left, she remembers that she was the only left-handed Tracer in the office.

In his youth, he was a record-breaking goal-scorer for Gloucester City Football Club. You can read more about Frank’s footballing career here.

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